Is it worth licking the wounds

It is common knowledge that oral mucosal wounds heal faster than cutaneous wounds moreover with lower risk for scar formation. One of the key factors influencing the phenomenon is the salivary gland secretion. Firstly, saliva creates a humid environment where the cells responsible for healing process can move easily allowing the exchange of signaling molecules. Secondly, saliva is rich in growth factors and enzymes able to enhance the active recovery process.

Particularly saliva contains epidermal growth factor, trypsin and elastase inhibitors and histidine-rich proteins – main healing components influential in stimulating the process of cell migration and reproduction. Modern scientists are working on the development of next generation synthetic analogs of human saliva able to increase the speed of wound healing.

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